If you follow me on Instagram or have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that we are huge lovers of UK breaks, specifically those with Haven Holidays. They offer sites all over the country for a whole range of budgets. I have been going to Haven sites since I was a little girl but so far as a family we have only been to sites in Wales, Greenacres & Hafan Y Mor so when it came to the chance of booking a last minute trip away, we decided to opt for somewhere different & picked a site in Yorkshire. I absolutely LOVE Yorkshire & after speaking to a lovely Haven advisor on recommendations for the best park for toddlers, we decided to book Primrose Valley!
The park is situated an hour away from York City Centre, and is located next to Scarborough, Filey & Briddlington; it also has direct access to the beach. It is one of the biggest sites that haven offer & is crammed full of things to do. 2 indoor pools, a heated outdoor pool, three parks (which are adapted for toddler use too!), large lake for boating/fishing & a whole selection of activities including swimming lessons for babies, messy play sessions & gym classes!
We were lucky enough to be housed in a caravan right next to once of the parks, literally one caravan away, and a two minute walk away from the entertainment section which houses one of the swimming pools, the arcades & a soft play, a selection the food spots (the main restaurant, the on-site chippy, Papa Johns & Millie’s Cookies YUM) and the mini market.
There is also the Lakehouse terrace, which is which features the second indoor pool & the heated outdoor pool, a huge park, fairground, sandpit, outdoor cinema, lake & even a small go-ape type activity. It also houses a gorgeous bistro style restaurant with a lovely outdoor seating area. We spent the majority of our late afternoons here, enjoying some lunch & playing in the sunshine. It was so relaxing. We really lucked out with the weather!
With it being March we didn’t have to chance to experience the outdoor pool but we did try out both of the indoor pools! The pool on the main complex was definitely our favourite, it had lots of different sections including two mini pools perfect for toddlers – with slides, fountains, platform with huge tipping water bucket & it was heated!! Which really helped the little ones enjoy it more. Teddy spent the whole time we were in this pool, just going up & down the toddler slide. He loved it!
The Lakeside pool wasn’t as I expected but we did only venture into there because we had booked a tots splash & play session which is essentially a class for babies aged 6 months-4 years (if I am remembering correctly) and it’s like a mini swimming lesson or just a way to get young children more confident in the water, without there being bigger children charging around. We really, really enjoyed it! Luckily Teddy is a proper water baby, but the “teacher” did all kinds of things with them, making them bend down in the pool for toys, splash off the sides, lie on their back or tummy & even ducking under the water, which Teddy loved!
We stayed in a Deluxe Newer Model, as it has central heating & as we got such a good deal on the holiday we figured we’d treat ourselves to a slightly nicer caravan. We have previously stayed in a standard caravan & loved it just as much so it really is up to you if you’d rather pay for a slightly bigger caravan. When we arrived we noticed that it was really clean and modern. The whole site was really clean actually! It was really spacious, especially in the living room – Teddy has lots of space to charge around & play. It also had two bathrooms which we weren’t expecting. The only thing we did find is that there wasn’t room in either of the spare bedrooms for a travel cot, I know they say it can be placed in the living room but if me & Aaron want to watch tv in bed once Teddy has gone to bed, we don’t want to risk waking him. So what we ended up doing is moving one of the single beds from one bedroom & placing it on top of one of the other beds in the second spare bedroom. So that freed up enough space for Teddy’s cot!
We are proper foodies, so figured it was only right to eat pretty much everywhere on site, you know, for review purposes. We ate lunch one day at the main restaurant and really enjoyed it, we split a sharing platter between us & the portion size was perfect for the two of us.
I do find the Papa John’s & Chippy’s on sites like these, slightly overpriced but I guess that is to be expected. The Papa John’s pizza was delicious & they did offer amazing deals, mainly aimed at slightly larger families though, and another perk is that they do deliver to your caravan if you spend over £10, which is easily done.
We enjoyed the chippy food, although for the price, we wouldn’t be in a huge rush to have it again. In both of these they do offer a kids meal for £4.99, which includes chicken nuggets or a sausage, with chips & a juice from the chippy, and either a cheese & tomato pizza (7″) or chicken bits, with potato wedges & a juice, from Papa Johns. Teddy did have the pizza meal one night & inhaled it! So it definitely got his seal of approval.
We also enjoyed lunch at the Lakeside terrace restaurant and it was delicious! Teddy was napping soundly after his swimming lesson & a play on the park, so we opted for a burger with fries each & a alcoholic beverage. I expected it to be slightly more expensive than the other restaurant, due to it being slightly more “classy” looking and more of a restaurant style than pub grub-esque but we found it very similarly priced.
I didn’t realise how close to the site, Flamingo Land was! I’ve always fancied taking Teddy but never gotten around to it so this was the perfect opportunity! It was 40 minutes away from the park & it was a really easy, straight forward drive along some lovely country roads. With it still being classed as the winter season the actual theme park wasn’t open, which was fine by us as we were more interested in the zoo. We paid £7.50 each, Teddy was free and that gave us access to the zoo, the park & the numerous cafes.
There was a whole range of animals there & activities throughout including facts about all the animals, tree-top viewing points & even a small farm. My favourite part about the whole zoo was definitely the Peter Rabbit themed park, I can’t even describe how cute & amazingly themed it was. It had a secret tree-house, slides, Mr.Tod’s lair & Jeremy Fisher musical corner. It was amazing & Teddy could have spent hours upon hours running around. We are already planning our next visit during the warmer months & honestly can’t recommend it enough for a trip out.
Primrose Valley is by far my favourite site we have stayed at & are really hoping to visit again soon. Only 6 weeks until Cornwall……
I’d love to know if you are going away this year? Have you visited Flamingo Land?